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US port delays worsen as harvest of new crops approaches

As ongoing port congestion and persistent shipping obstacles continue to block movement of California agricultural goods, farmers and exporters are faced with overflowing warehouses and a dangerously low cash flow.

Tree nuts, fresh produce, dairy products and other California farm commodities struggle to find a place on vessels and containers in which to ship them.

Agricultural exporters say their shipping problems, harkening back to pandemic-related supply-chain disruptions that started in 2020, have only gotten worse. More shipping companies have notified them that they won't stop at the Port of Oakland to pick up containerized farm products, which account for 60% of total exports through the port. The companies opt instead to return ships directly to Asia following long delays in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.


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